The first tests with the combustion engine were held in the early nineteenth century, with relative success. Boats and motor models followed one another from 1807. In 1860 the Belgian Etienne Lenoir successfully drove a vehicle with an internal combustion engine, powered by coal gas.
Lenoir’s car mixed air and fuel and used an electric ignition, in a two-stroke engine. That first model served Nikolaus Otto in 1876 to build and patent a four-stroke engine.